The Hope Ladycats returned to the diamond for league softball play battling Class 6A Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks at home last week, then headed on the road Monday to conclude series play at Hot Springs.

The Hope Ladycats returned to the diamond for league softball play battling Class 6A Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks at home last week, then headed on the road Monday to conclude series play at Hot Springs.

The Ladycats faced off hard at home against the Lady Razorbacks but Hope fell in defeat 15-3 for 5A/6A Conference play. Following their tough home loss to Texarkana, the Ladycats regrouped and showcased an productive road victory over Hot Springs 19-3 to sweep their series meeting of the 2018. 

This week, the Ladycats are scheduled for a return match-up on the diamond Wednesday facing Prescott for the second meeting of the season, then on Thursday host Hot Springs Lakeside for conference play.

LADYCATS 3, ARKANSAS HIGH 15

The Ladycats stepped on their home territory to host Class 6A Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks for the first of two game league series meeting at Ladycat Stadium. The Ladycats kept it close early, but the Lady Razorbacks sparked later in innings play to prevail 15-3 in five innings.

In the first inning, Arkansas High got their offense started off a single on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Ladycats tied things up at 1-1 when Tristen Jones singled on the first pitch at bat, scoring one run.

Arkansas High pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning.

After Arkansas High scored two runs in the top of the third, Hope answered with two runs of their own. The Lady Razorbacks scored on a grounded out, scoring one run, along off a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate Arkansas High. The Ladycats then answered when Morgan Gray singled on a 1-0 count, scoring their final two runs of the game in the third inning.

Arkansas High scored five runs in the fourth inning, then put the game away with five runs scored across home plate in the fifth inning for the 12-run victory. 

Arkansas High's Kaitlyn Fortenberry was the winning pitcher for Arkansas. She went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three batters.

Ladycats' Kaley Green pitched for Hope. She lasted three innings, allowing eight hits and 11 runs while striking out two batters and walking one and threw 38 strikes. Natalie Phillips pitched the final two innings, allowed three hits, four runs, walked one and struck out one batter and threw 25 strikes.

Offensively, Jones went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Hope in hits. Phillips, Andria Curtis and Gray each had a single. Gray drove in two runs for two RBI's and Jones had one RBI.

Arkansas High totaled 11 hits in the game.

LADYCATS 19, HOT SPRINGS 3

In the series finale, the Ladycats took care of business on the diamond in road competition in Spa City to defeat the Hot Springs Lady Trojans 19-3 for a 16-run win.

With a huge 11-run fourth inning sparked Hope to victory to put the game away for the win. Offensively at plate shaw a host of Ladycat batters taking charge to be led by Emily Miller, Mayra Garcia, Tristen Jones, Morgan Gray, Zymesha Lee, and Ally Fincher, all driving in runs for RBI's.

Hope got on the board in the first inning with Curtis drawing a walk, scoring one run.

At the pitcher's circle, Phillips was the winning pitcher for Hope pitching four innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out five batters and threw 37 strikes. 

Miller led at bat with two hits in three trips at the plate. Curtis, Zymesha Lee, Fincher and Garcia each had a hit. Phillips, Curtis, Gray and Lee each had three runs scored apiece. Jones scored two runs, Fincher, Miller, Kaylan Decker, Zimmer and Garcia each scored a run apiece.

Hope had eight stolen bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Phillips led the way with three stolen bases, Curtis and Fincher each had two stolen bases and Zimmer had one base stolen.